Bryan Fischer: Pentagon doesn’t realize God will nuke an inclusive armed forces

And now another charming minute with the “pro-family” liability that is the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer:

Bryan-FischerA military that is weakened spiritually is a military that is a weakened fighting force. The ancient Scriptures still have it right: “Unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” (Psalm 127:1). The Founders understood this; our current crop of Pentagon leaders do not, and seem intent on making what will prove to be a fatal mistake. There is no quicker way to assign the United States to the scrap heap of history than to normalize homosexual behavior in our military.” [SOURCE]

Oh please, Bryan. Everyone knows that it’s our gay marriages that will take America to the scrap heap. Our open service will merely take the country to the intermediary garbage truck. Duh.

Though if it’s all the same to you, Mr. Fischer, we’ll keep subscribing to the recycling bin theory. You know, the one that says that all new forms of civil discrimination are merely repurposed versions of old biases, a circle of condemnation that will only end when the self-appointed salvagers of “sanctity” agree to bury their inorganic outlooks for good.

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**FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH FISCHER: He’s the guy who’s said that “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews,” who’s said “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office,” who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a “form of domestic terrorism,” who’s said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing “sexually immoral” people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, and who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers, has questioned why Medals of Honor are given to people who save lives (rather than take lives), and who has blamed gay activists for dead gay kids, saying that: “If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students.” His words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate groups list.




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Pastor James David Manning Doesn’t Need ‘Evidence’ To Know Oprah Is a Big Lez

Pastor James David Manning, the crackpot head preacher at ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, has realized the power of web video. He's attacked President Obama (some sort of CIA conspiracy theory). He's explained why the Bible entitles him to call people faggots. And now he's out to prove Oprah is a lesbian — not by any actual evidence, mind you, but by gut feelings.

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San Diego, Where Being Called ‘Faggot’ During a Gay Bashing Doesn’t Make It a Hate Crime

Jacob Harshbarger, the San Diego man called a "fucking faggot" during a Halloween gay bashing he suffered while walking his dogs, might see his assailants meet some justice: 23-year-olds Michael Brandon and Christopher Blount have been charged with felony battery counts. Police initially called the attack a matter of "being in the wrong place at the wrong time," and not a hate crime. It appears they're sticking to it: prosecutors aren't levying any hate crime element to the charges.

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Video: Hey Iowa For Freedom: Rejecting state DOMA law doesn’t mean ignoring it!

Here’s some more proud point-missing from the Iowa For Freedom coalition. This time from a voter who believes the state Supreme Court justices “ignored” the DOMA law, even if in reality, the Varnum panel quite openly and honestly found the law to be unconstitutional:

The down and dirty fact is that social conservatives tend to think any and all laws ever made that go against LGBT people and their rights are somehow cast in indelible stone, the likes of which can only to be reconsidered by a 50%+1 vote of “the people.” In this mindset, the only decision that any court can reach that’s in accord with righteousness is a decision that says, for the first time in American history’s clearly archived inevitability, that a minority group’s civil freedoms are to be ultimately determined by a majority of (largely) faith-motivated voters. As in always. As in only.

And it’s not just in states where courts roll back prior bans, either. In jurisdictions like Maine, where legislators reversed bias and implemented civil freedom, these same suspects come out of the political woodwork, this time decrying the “activist legislature” as opposed to the “activist court.” So don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only the judiciary that’s the “bad branch” in the “pro-family” community’s eyes. It’s *any* branch that opens its eyes to equal protection and due process. It’s *any* branch that does the right thing for America and her populace.

Now In Iowa, voters have a chance to do the right thing with this retention vote. And I’m not even saying that the right thing here is to automatically cast a “yes” vote for the three justices up for retention. No, no — the right thing is to look at the judge’s full record and to cast a vote based on a fleshed out, far-reaching assessment of the individual jurist’s merits, and not a monolithic vote based on vindictive spite for the one certain pro-equality opinion.

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Refusing Gay Wedding Announcement Doesn’t Make Union Leader Anti-Gay, Insists Clueless Publisher

Just because the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state's largest circulation newspaper, won't run the same-sex wedding announcement of Greg Gould and Aurelio Tiné doesn't make the newspaper "anti-gay," claims its publisher Joseph W. McQuaid. It's just that gay marriage was never decided on by voters, and thus the paper remains firmly entrenched in the belief that marriage is for likely-to-divorce male and female couples only.

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Audio: ‘It doesn’t matter what society does’ says duo that claims gays don’t matter in society

Tony Perkins is a man who tells church congregations that gays are being “held captive by the enemy,” who tells the military that the open service-supporting Commander in Chief is “willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby,” and who daily says to the public, through his position as head of the conservative behemoth Family Research Council, that LGBT people should remain unequal, unprotected, and unworthy of a slice of America’s proverbial pie.

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Policy Fellow, has gone even further than Tony:



*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]



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But don’t you DARE blame either of these two men for fostering the sort of world that causes gay people to internalize negative messages. You know, because it doesn’t matter what society does:

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(Tony Perkins speaks first, Sprigg second)

*AUDIO SOURCE: Washington Watch Weekly [FRC]

Wash, wash, wash those hands of responsibility all you want, boys. Your heart, mind, and lips are all over the historical record.




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Butte hole: Montana GOP needs, doesn’t care to find patch

MT-GOPThe AP is reminding all Americans of a truly startling reality about the Montana state Republican Party: That they still have a call to criminalize homosexuality in the “crime” section of the official party platform:

Montana GOP policy: Make homosexuality illegal [AP via Yahoo]

While the AP does quote some like state Sen. John Brueggeman (R-Polson) who wish to see the mean-spirited, legally-insignificant wording removed, the seemingly more significant sentiment comes from state GOP executive director Bowen Greenwood, who says that the matter has never even come up for discussion. Never even come up. Not once. In over twelve years. Just slipped the mind.

The obvious response: THEN. BRING. IT. UP, EXECUTIVE. DIRECTOR! The state party literally calls for gays’ hands to be bound and thrown into a cop car — nobody’s binding your own lips and hands from putting a word and deed to a remedy!




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Why Adoptive Father Hopeful Doesn’t Want Charlie Crist to Abandon Florida’s Appeal

Now that Charlie Crist has flip-flopped on his support of Florida's ban on gays adopting, he's got to decide whether he's going to continue with the state's appeal of Martin Gill's lawsuit, which in the last round granted him the right to adopt a kid despite being a homosexual. You might think Gill wants Crist to abandon the appeal, but you'd be wrong.

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If Obama doesn’t appeal DADT case, DADT is gone

Joe wrote about this earlier, but as Mike Signorile just interviewed the lawyer behind the lawsuit, I thought it important to link to Mike’s story, but also more generally, reiterate this one fascinating point. If President Obama simply refuses to appeal the recent court decision that found “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional, DADT will be gone.

It’s that simple. It’s really that simple. The apologists can whine all they want about how powerless the leader of the Free World is to accomplish anything in this town, but here he holds all the cards. It is up to Barack Obama whether his own Justice Department appeals this DADT decision. If it does, then we have our final answer as to what this administration thinks of gay and lesbian Americans. They have the power to follow through on their own promises, to change our country and give hope to tens of thousands of US service members.

Will they?

Oh, and let’s have no more of this absurd “we’re only defending the rule of law” crap from the Obama White House. They don’t defend the rule of law when they refuse to enforce immigration laws. They don’t defend it when they refuse to enforce laws against the use of medical marijuana laws. This White House routinely refuses to enforce and defend laws that it doesn’t like, politically or otherwise. Yet when it comes time to not follow through on the President’s promises to America’s gay community, suddenly the White House develops a case of “we defend and enforce all laws.”

Well it’s a lie. And it’s one that’s causing increasing damage to this President’s relationship, and this party’s relationship, to a key Democratic constituency. The White House is lying to us. Think about that. Of all the things that I expected to change when we voted Bush out of office, and handed the presidency to Barack Obama, I expected at the very least that the President would stop lying to us.

And it is a lie. They don’t defend every law, they don’t enforce every law. It’s an outright lie every single time they tell us that they do.

Enough is enough. We voted for change. Let’s see some for a change.




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DADT repeal ‘at great risk’ if Senate doesn’t vote in September

Chris Johnson has an article that explains how imperative it is that the Senate hold a vote on the Defense Authorization bill, which includes the compromise DADT language, in September:

The consequence of not having a vote by the end of the first week of October, Nicholson said, is that all the gains made so far over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be “put at great risk.”

“Once the Senate goes into recess for election season, anything could happen,” Nicholson said. “So putting the ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] vote off until after October is simply gambling with this very important issue. I don’t see how we will be able to forgive the president or Sen. Reid if that happens, because between the two of them they have the power to make sure that risk is not taken.”

Nicholson explained one of the biggest dangers if the Senate doesn’t vote:

Nicholson also said a Republican takeover this fall could thwart any attempt for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year.

Unfortunately, a takeover of even one house of Congress by a leadership cadre that is hostile to repealing ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] could put the breaks on all of the progress we have made so far, and even begin to reverse a lot of that progress,” he said.

Of course, if the President got involved and said he wanted a vote, there would probably be a vote. But, somehow, none of this surprise me:

A lack of pressure from the White House is also seen as a concern for those seeking a Senate vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this September.

Nicholson said it’s unclear whether the White House will push to have a vote on the defense authorization bill when the Senate returns from August recess.

“If the president were pressuring Sen. Reid to move the defense bill in September, it would likely get done,” Nicholson said. “But the White House does not always want bills coming up on the same timeline that we do.”

Nicholson said Obama could eliminate the uncertainty over a vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by “publicly call[ing] for Sen. Reid to bring up the defense authorization bill in September.”

But, have no fear:

Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, said in response to an inquiry on whether the president would push for a vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in September that the president remains committed to the issue.

“The president has made clear that he wants ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] repealed and he continues to work with Congress to make sure this happens,” Inouye said.

Um, yeah. Heard that before.




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